As the country is transitioning towards the adoption of green technologies, Goa is no way behind. The state is about to add another lot of 100 electric buses to its fleet of Kadamba busses, under the central government’s FAME II programme.
Kadamba Transport Corporation Limited (KTC) has issued a letter of award (LOA) to Olectra Greentech Limited and Evey Trans Private Limited for the buses. Evey Trans will buy 100 electric buses from Olectra and deliver them over the course of a year.
This 100-bus deal is worth around Rs 140 crore. The contract is for the delivery of 100 electric buses on a Gross Cost Contract (GCC) / Operating Expense (OPEX) basis. The company will also bear the maintenance of these buses during the contract time.
This is the second order of KTC Limited with Olectra. The company has already 30 electric buses running in the state and another batch of 5 eco-friendly buses has been recently delivered. Their buses are also in operation in Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune, Surat, Silvassa, Dehradun, Hyderabad, and Kerala.
After taking into account previous deliveries, the entire order book for electric buses from Olectra Greentech now stands at roughly 1,530, according to Chairman and MD of Olectra, K V Pradeep.
“Olectra is privileged to get the second order from Kadamba Transport Corporation Limited (KTCL), Goa. Our state-of-the-art electric buses have proved their reliability and efficiency.” he said, adding “Our buses contribute to preserving the rich ecology of Goa,”
These nine-meter-long air-conditioned buses can accommodate 35 people, excluding the driver and are fitted with a lithium-ion battery, which enables them to cover up to 200 km between the charges, however, it also depends on the traffic condition.
The buses are outfitted with CCTV cameras to ensure passenger security, as well as an emergency button, USB ports, and also contain regenerative braking, which allows the bus to recover some kinetic energy lost when braking.